Salary for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

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Also known as:  Assistant Paralegal, Legal Aide, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Summer Associate, Summer Law Clerk helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The work of paralegals and legal assistants consists of organzing law office activity, preparing materials, exhibits, and data for trial, calling upon witnesses to testify at hearings, researching relevant cases and laws, filing pleadings with court clerks, and participating in meetings between attorneys and clients in order to learn the details of a case. These professionals generally have some college, and may often have specialized training, although they may not have degrees.

A Paralegal or Legal Assistant can expect a wage between $32,900 to $85,160 based on education and tenure levels. usually receive an average salary of fifty-six thousand six hundred and ten dollars per year.

have the highest pay levels in District of Columbia, where they earn average wages of approximately $83,330. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Wholesale Trade, where they can earn job pay of $79,970.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 34.78 percent nationwide in that time.


Paralegals and Legal Assistants tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Public Administration